My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
– Maya Angelo
Don’t just survive the week – Thrive through the week! Guiding people through a compassionate practice that is filled with some laughter is always in my plan. Join me this week and allow your mind, body and soul the chance to thrive!
Yoga, is amazing! I know, you may think I am a bit biased but I have benefited greatly from my Yoga practice, I feel calmer, stronger, healthier and more energetic. In addition to the physical benefits, the connection of mind, body and soul are indescribable.
If you’re not looking to go that deep, that’s ok. If you’re simply looking for a form of exercise, that’s easy on the body and helps you get healthier – Yoga is it!
There are so many health benefits and I simply have not found another form of exercise that can compare to the overall benefits of a regular Yoga practice.
Studies have shown that a regular Yoga practice helps to lower your blood sugar levels, lowers LDL levels (but cholesterol), boosts HDL levels (good cholesterol), helps with blood circulation, lessens pain and stress and increases energy levels.
You don’t have to stand on your head or fold up like a pretzel to do Yoga and it’s never to late to begin your Yoga practice. There is a yoga class to meet everyones fitness level and needs. Come out and try one of my classes or if you’re not in the area, look for a studio near you.
Beginning Tuesday, September 5th, bring the kids to a fun welcoming environment learning the skills of mediation and yoga at Once Upon A Storybook in Tustin.
I believe every “body” NEEDS yoga and if we can introduce Yoga to our kids at an early age, they will will better off because of it! Yoga helps kids learn coping tools to deal with the emotional, social and the physical challenges our kids face today.
The class will begin with a yoga or mindfulness-related story and move onto Yoga. Your kids will not only learn the physical postures (poses) breathing techniques, balance and meditation but more importantly self acceptance, mind and body connection as well as social and community awareness.
Kids will need their own yoga mats, if you don’t have one, we have arranged for you to purchase one at a discounted rate at Branch & Stone in Old Town Tustin. Kids Yoga mats are $15.00 plus tax.
When: Classes will begin Tuesday September 5th from 4:00 – 5:00pm.
Where: Once Upon a Storybook is located at 17300 E 17th Street, #C Tustin CA, 92780, in the Enderle Center.
Cost: $60 for 6 weeks – Call or email Once Upon A Storybook to reserve your spot. Email: Susie@OnceUponaStorybook.us or Phone: 714-669-4377.
This class is best suited for kids 5 and older. Kids under 4 may participate with a paying, participating parent.
Come to Oak Canyon Nature Center for Nature Nights this Summer!
Join the the staff Naturalist along with experts from a variety of natural fields as they lead you through a series of Nature Nights.
Every Wednesday from June 28th through August 16th, the evening will begin with a guided twilight walk at 7:00 p.m. and followed up by a formal presentation at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free mission but a $5 donation per family would be greatly appreciated.
June 28: Journeys to the Past Jacque Nunez is a Master storyteller and award winning educator. She will captivate you, and every family member. Journey with her back in time and be captivated by her stories, songs and engaging use of ancient instruments!
July 5: Twilight Walk Join us for an introduction to Oak Canyon and a walk with Oak Canyon’s Naturalists as the sun begins to set. Several walks of varying ability levels will be offered. Be sure to bring your flashlight.
July 12: Wonders of Wildlife Cheryl Rendes from Wonders of Wildlife will share a variety of animals, from the savannas of Africa to the tropical regions of South America.
July 19: Orange County Birds of Prey Dr. Kristian Krause, Veterinarian from Serrano Animal Hospital and Orange County Birds of Prey Center, will share information on raptors and will bring a variety along for an audience “encounter.”
July 26: Reptiles from Around the World Dr. Tom Greek from Greek & Associates Veterinary Hospital will bring along an exciting collection of reptiles including local and exotic snakes, lizards and more. Learn about the lifestyles of these unique reptiles and enjoy an opportunity to see and touch these animals up close.
August 2: Our Solar System Mike Beckage will introduce the challenging hobby of amateur astronomy through his breathtaking slide show. Then we will journey up the hill and view the night sky through telescopes aimed at the evening’s best features. *This program involves a strenuous uphill walk to reach the viewing area.
August 9: “Trapper” Dan Jundanian’s Insect Fair Join us for an evening of learning and fun. Dan Jundanian, a former longtime Oak Canyon Naturalist, returns for his annual Nature Night presentation. Enjoy an evening of insect education as Dan displays exciting insects from around the world.
August 16: Annual Flashlight Walk While waiting for the sun to set, get an introduction to the “creatures of the night” then join Oak Canyon’s naturalists on a trek through the trails of the Nature Center. There will be several walks of varying abilities. Don’t forget your flashlight as we explore Oak Canyon at night!
When: Every Wednesday from June 28th through August 16th
Where: Oak Canyon Nature Center, 6700 E Walnut Canyon Road, Anaheim, CA 92807
Cost: A $5.00 donation per family is greatly appreciated
Ok, I just noticed that the County of Orange and OC Parks Sunset Cinema film series is already under way! I seriously need to do some catching up around here!!!
The Sunset Cinema consists of 12 free movies taking place at Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Craig Regional Park, Salt Creek Beach, Mason Regional Park, Laguna Niguel Regional Park, and Yorba Regional Park.
Movies begin around Sunset, so get your blanket and picnic dinner ready and enjoy a FREE movie night at the park.
The next Sunset Cinema will take place this Sunday, June 10th at Carbon Canyon Regional Park as we look out for U.F.O.’s and catch the sci-fi film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Head over to Craig Regional Park in Fullerton on Saturday, June 17 as the series continues with The LEGO Batman Movie.
One of my personal favorites, The Princess Bride at Craig Regional Park on Saturday, June 24.
On Saturday, July 1 at Salt Creek Beach, don’t miss the animated comedy Sing.
The following week, you’ll be back at Salt Creek Beach for Steven Spielberg’s Jaws on Saturday, July 8.
Bring the family to Mason Regional Park on Friday, July 14th bring the kids for a screening of Moana and Friday, July 21 for an all time favorite, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Come to Laguna Niguel Regional Park to see Finding Dory on Friday, July 28. Friday and then come back on August 4 for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
The last 2 movies of the OC Parks Sunset Cinema series will take place at Yorba Regional Park in Anaheim with A Bug’s Life on Friday, August 11. They’ll finish the series on August 18 with the 1993 American coming-of-age film, The Sandlot.
I’m planning on keeping our summer plans a bit more relaxed this year so that we’ll able to enjoy some family time and take in these FREE movie events. If you don’t have time to bring your picnic dinner, you can grab food from one of the food trucks that will be at every event. FREE parking starts as early as 6:00 pm and show times begin around 8:00 pm. For more information visit ocparks.com.
It’s time to register for The Great Park’s Spooktacular Fun Days! Get your costume’s ready and enjoy fall activities for the kids of all ages. This FREE event not only provides your family a day of fun but also helps support our Orange County Food Banks.
Donate to scare away hunger by simply bringing a bag of canned goods or non-perishable food and each child 12 and younger will gain access to the Pumpkin Patch or Trick or Treat Town (while supplies last).
Enjoy traditional family-friendly fall activities including: kids crafts, petting zoo, carnival games, Harvest Walk, entertainment, gourmet food trucks and much more.
In order to take part in this spooktacular day of fun you must sign up. Registration is required for each child (12 & under); space is limited. Free admission and parking.
Activities are for children 12 & under, therefore accompanying adult ticket registration is not required. Event date options include:
It’s time to thank our Orange County zookeepers for all their hard work caring for our zoo animals!
Kids activities include making thank you cards for our zookeepers, crafts, playing games, and a special scavenger hunt where you can enter to win a Zookeeper Shadow Experience!
Kids are encouraged to come dressed in zookeeper attire/costume!
The first 100 children ages 12 & under will receive a free train ride ticket for Irvine Park Railroad!
Zookeepers will be giving “keeper chats” throughout the day and giving out special treats and toys to the zoo animals.
Special talk on “So You Want To Be A Zookeeper” will be given by two of our zookeepers at 10:30 a.m. Visitors can learn what a zookeeper’s day is like, see some of the “tools of the trade” and meet some zoo animals up close! Reservations are not needed.
When: Saturday, July 23, 2016
Where: OC Zoo located inside Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869
Cost: $2.00 per person, ages 2 & under are free, parking is $5 per vehicle
The Cooper Center is joining the Heritage Museum for a full day of archeology, paleontology, history, fossils, kid zone, demonstrations by blacksmith, guided hikes, Native American artifacts, and fun talks!
Also, don’t miss the wonderful Jacque Nunez of “Journeys to the Past” for one of the most enchanted presentation’s of stories and songs that encourage children’s “environmentalism” and what it means to be “keepers of the earth.”
When: Sunday, July 17, 2015 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Heritage House, 3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana, CA